What Is Poetry Friday?



to the Poetry Friday roundup! I’m doing a self-service linky list today, so please add your link and description to the list at the end of the post.


Dear poetry bloggers,

Over the past year I have received several inquiries from interested poetry lovers who aren’t really sure what Poetry Friday is or even if they are “allowed” to join in — and if they are, what exactly do they need to do? Although Kidlitosphere Central has a bit of information, I thought I would answer those questions more in depth here so I’d have a place to direct people in the future.

If you are a regular Poetry Friday participant, I hope you will bookmark this page and share it with people who may come to you with the same questions. I have added it to the “Poetry Resources” tab in the navigation bar for easy reference or, if you prefer, feel free to copy or reblog this post to your own blog. This post is for everyone!

On to the questions…

What is Poetry Friday?

Poetry Friday is a weekly blogging event in which poets, writers, readers, and lovers of poetry share blog posts about poetry.

Who can participate? Do I need a blog?

Anyone is welcome to join in at any time! There is no “in crowd,” no prerequisites, no need to be a poet. All you need is a blog and something poetic to share and you’re in! There’s no easier club to join.

If you are not a blogger, you can still participate by visiting the Poetry Friday blogs, enjoying the poetic goodness they have to offer, and, if the spirit moves you, commenting on their posts. No need to be shy! It’s a warm and welcoming community that you’ll be glad you joined.

How does it work?

Each week, one blogger volunteers to be the “host” for that week and do the poetry “roundup.” All the other bloggers go to the host’s Poetry Friday post for that day and leave their links and a little blurb in the comments on the host’s blog. The host will then gather those links throughout the day and place them directly in her post so they are easy to find and click on.

Click here for an example of when I hosted and manually added links from the comments to the body of the post. I prefer this way because I can add a personal touch, but it is very time consuming.

If time is an issue, you may choose to use an automated widget like Simply Linked, which is embedded on the host post itself. In that case you just enter your link in the widget instead of leaving it in the comments. This is what I have used for this post, so just see below! Click here for an example of one of my widget roundups.

(Note: There are several free link widgets out there, but be sure to read the fine print. Some of them expire after a while, so all the links disappear.)

How do I become a Poetry Friday host? Is it mandatory?

Mary Lee Hahn is in charge of coordinating hosts. She puts out a call on her blog in June and December, and people sign up for a date to host sometime in the subsequent six months. Being a host is a great way to meet all the participants and become known yourself in the poetry community, but it is by no means mandatory.

The current schedule of hosts is always updated and available at Kidlitosphere Central. Most Poetry Friday bloggers also keep the current schedule in their sidebars, so just look to the right and you’ll find it!

What should my post be about?

There are no weekly themes for Poetry Friday, so just post whatever you like that has to do with children’s poetry. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of the variety:

Find your inspiration wherever your interest in poetry lies!

At the bottom of your Poetry Friday posts, include the PF graphic, the name of the host, and a link to the host’s specific roundup post. For example:

poetry+friday+buttonRobyn has the roundup at Life on the Deckle Edge!

Do I have to post on Fridays?

Nope! I used to post on Mondays and then add my link to the roundup on Fridays. If a different day works better for your schedule, then publish your post when you want and just remember to visit the host on Friday to add your link.

Further questions?

  • If you are new to Poetry Friday and still have a question, please leave it in the comments and I will add it to this post along with an answer.
  • If you are a veteran Poetry Friday participant and have any suggestions to make this post more useful to interested bloggers, please let me know in the comments.


Now bring on the poetry links!


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  1. Hello lovely PF host!

    Thanks for putting this post together with all the useful PF info — great idea! You are the Queen of Resources :)!

    May I just add that PF is not exclusively for children’s poetry, though most of the regular PF bloggers are children’s poets. It’s okay to share poetry written for adults too. 🙂

    At Alphabet Soup I have a review of Enormous Smallness, a new PB about E. E. Cummings, and am serving Chocolate Mud Puddles for tea (my link goes live at 6 a.m. EDT).

    Thanks for hosting, Renee; I’m flattered by the mention!

  2. Wait a sec…what do you mean, there’s no in-crowd?? I thought I was part of the poetry elite!

    Great overview, though, Renee – nice way to help some of the newer folks understand what it’s all about and feel welcome. Since I’m still around tonight (I don’t leave for my conference til tomorrow morning), I’m leaving my link now… a step back into time with one of the first poems I ever had published! Plus a reminder to anyone interested in taking part in my “Poetry…Cubed!” contest, I’ll be sharing all the poems this Tuesday.

    (I can’t find the linkable-link, so here’s the clickable-link! http://wp.me/p2DEY3-1ea)

  3. Thanks for the overview, Renee. I’ll definitely share it with folks. I’m in today with a look at the beautiful poetry postcard of my poem “Silence.” Thanks for hosting!

  4. This is a really helpful summary, Renee. I often read the Poetry Friday posts, but this will be my tutorial for when I’m ready to completely jump in. Thanks!

  5. Thank you for taking on the task of writing this post, Renee. You’ve done a great job with it!

    Bummer that your linky widget appears to have gone walkabout. I will check back tomorrow, but in the meantime here’s my link: http://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com/2015/04/april-dmc-wrap-up-giveaway.html

    I’ve got quite the collection of clerihews on Today’s Little Ditty, and am giving away an autographed copy of THE CROSSOVER, by Kwame Alexander.

  6. Renee, thanks for hosting and for this wonderful, thorough overview of Poetry Friday.

    You’re right. I love poetry series that get our community involved (like Irene Latham’s annual Progressive Poem). For NPM 2015, many Poetry Friday regulars have been raiding their poetry closets as I host a month of poems about clothes.

    Dressing up at Author Amok today is Jan Godown Annino. She has a very special skirt that belonged to her mentor, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper. A photo of that skirt and Jan’s poem about Betty Mae is at: http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2015/04/npm-2015-what-are-you-wearing-jan.html

  7. Great post, Renee! I’m going to add a permanent link in my Poetry Friday posts or somewhere on my blog to this post. And I’m in this Friday with another Poetry Tip for Teachers and my poem, “Why Don’t We Float Away?”

  8. Renee! We needed this…thank you – I have linked over in my sidebar and will link to this each Friday when I announce where to go for the roundup. Thank you for hosting with more than the mostest. I am so very grateful for this community.

    Today at The Poem Farm, I have poemsong #23 (my eldest says I am starting to go wacko) and a fantastic idea and photos from second grade teacher Debbie Feasel in Webster, NY.


    Happy Last Poetry Friday of 2015, my friend! xo, a.

  9. It’s fun to be re-introduced to Poetry Friday all over again & I learned new aspects so thanks a lot.

    Today I’m paying tribute with links to Laura Shovan’s WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? theme for National Poetry Month. And I’m also doing the same for the 2015 Progressive Poem.

    With crazee socks picture and my own sea siren photo image my thoughts are at



    Appreciations to every reader, whether a PF poster or not. And especially to you Renee.

  10. Thanks for adding me to the linky. Not sure why didn’t see that last night! And thanks to for including me in your wonderful description of Poetry Friday. When I first started blogging in 2006, it was how I was introduced to the kidlitosphere and participating gave me a place in the community.

    Thanks again for hosting.

  11. Hi everyone. Newby here! I write childrens poetry / comic verse in the main, and sometimes attempt more “grown-up” poems. I’m currently taking part in both the A to Z blog challenge AND NaPoWriMo, so in that same sense of just jumping into things, I thought I’d come and say “hi” on here too!

    Would love it if you checked out some of my poems. Looking forward to reading all of your beautiful words too, and “meeting” you!

    This is my current favourite of my poems. Hope you like it too 🙂 https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/the-quiet-ones-poem/

  12. Hi Renee,

    Happy Poetry Friday! Thank you for hosting and for this excellent primer on the weekly poetry celebration. To celebrate National Poetry Month I’ve been giving away a poetry book or verse novel each week. This final week I’m happy to offer a signed copy of my Gone Fishing paperback. Anyone in the U.S. may enter by adding a comment on my blog link.

    Thanks again,


  13. Good idea to clarify the way Poetry Friday works! That’s so welcoming for new people and a good reminder for all of us. Thanks for hosting! Meant to thank you for your amazing post on Eloise Greenfield too. Just LOVE that series. It is a GIFT!

  14. Hi Renee!

    I’m back! I just added a post on my process for writing a pantoum. I thought some readers might be interested.

    Have a good weekend.

  15. Renee,
    Your Poetry 101 Notice is a nice feature for those who are inquiring what the community represents and how to join in. I noted it in my post that is a tribute to clothing of the past. I have thought about this poem since Laura posted her challenge. I am also linking the invitation to write for my new online gallery, Spring’s Symphony, that will continue to bring digipoetry to the public after National Poetry Month is over. Thank you for hosting Poetry Friday today.

  16. Hi Renee, wonderful post. Since I’m fairly new to this blogging community, I have two concerns:
    1. When is it okay to include an entire poem by someone else on your blog? Is it okay if you give credit or are there additional fair use issues that govern blogging and citing someone’s poetry?
    2. I’ve noticed that some blogger use the copyright circle after their own original poetry. Is this something that anyone can do or does it have to be copyrighted and what does that mean?
    Thanks for the Q & A today. I like to put the Poetry Friday logo at the beginning of my post, rather than the end.

  17. I don’t have a post today, but I have to tell you, your post gave me an a-ha moment. I can post during the week and link on Friday. Or, I could schedule it — usually I’m rushing to post Thursday night! Thanks for hosting and this helpful post.

  18. Renée,
    This is such a helpful post. I’m sure it will help many who have wanted to post, but just aren’t sure how the event works. I always enjoy the richness and variety of the posts, as well as the support of this caring community.

    Thanks for hosting,

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